Descaling system - what costs and prices do you have to expect?

The purchase of a decalcification system also involves consideration of the price and the running costs. What you currently have to expect in the market, and when the purchase is actually worthwhile, this article illuminates in detail.

cost considerations

It is also possible to make cost-benefit considerations in relation to the decalcification system. In many cases, the considerations will lead to the fact that you do not buy a decalcification system.

The benefits of the decalcification system:

  • lower energy consumption in the boiler (the most important factor), probably in most cases extended by a few years life
  • possibly longer life of the washing machine (you can also operate with rainwater, also contains each detergent today a high amount of softener - up to 30 percent)
  • possibly longer life of kettles
  • possibly longer life of coffee machines
  • slightly better taste of the water, more aroma of coffee and tea (but you can also prepare with boiled, and thus softened water)
  • a little less dirt and wear on fittings, less cleaning in the bathroom and in the shower

Lime in tap water means no health hazard!

Calcium and magnesium ions are vital and in no case harmful, they also do not lead to deposits in arteries or in the brain, this is a fairy tale.

The financial benefit is not as great as it seems at first glance. The only really striking argument is the lower energy consumption of the boiler. But more decalcification makes up for it. For many boilers, you can easily remove and clean the heating elements yourself.

Cost of the decalcification system:

  • Purchase price for a house plant 1,000 to 2,000 EUR, depending on the system model and execution as a single or double chamber system
  • Salt consumption (low for many devices, but can also be higher, depending on the degree of hardness, monthly about 5 to 10 EUR)
  • Maintenance and repairs, if necessary check (slightly, only after years)

The present arguments make it easy to derive a cost-benefit analysis for your own household.

Basically, a water softener makes sense only if the water hardness is well above 14° dH (hard water category). At values ​​below the use does not really bring anything.

Pay attention to the seal of approval

Every decalcification system must have a DVGW seal of approval. Only then is the device approved for installation in drinking water installations. Devices without a seal of approval and devices that work with magnets or electricity are not worth their money.

Their mode of action is undetectable, as long as there is no seal of approval. The installation is also inadmissible for legal reasons without seal.

Tips & Tricks

Before you buy, think about what benefits you actually have from the system. If you run your washing machine (and toilet flushing) with rainwater, you will do something against calcification, and save on washing powder and water costs (up to 160 euros a year or even more).

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